How the Movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” Changed My View of Queen

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How the Movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” Changed My View of Queen

Erica Crider, Staff Writer

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Bohemian Rhapsody recently came out, and let me tell you, this has to be one of the most epic and nostalgic movies released in recent history. The casting directors for this movie deserve a raise. I cannot believe the resemblance between the actors and the legends of Queen. Rami Malek, who played the iconic Freddie Mercury, looked uncannily similar to Queen’s frontman. The actors really expressed the heart of rock and the relationships between the band members. Even though this was a biopic, many of the facts within this masterpiece were quite accurate. The costumes were spot on and the nostalgia reached the entire audience. Marc Martel (the voice behind Freddie Mercury in the movie) absolutely nailed everything, from pitch to emotion. I truly believed it was Freddie Mercury singing and that is why the viewers have such a large amount of respect for this movie. The authenticity within this biopic was awe-inspiring. In addition to being inspiring, authentic, and epic, the film was hilarious! The relationships between the band members were so real and like all groups of people, they fought. Some of their arguments actually happened and the fact that the directors kept those scenes in the movie made it even truer to its origins. Now, with some of the facts out of the way, here’s how this movie completely changed my view on Queen.

I’ve been a Queen fan for about 2 years, but I’ve never felt this strongly for any band or musician out there. Queen is the most iconic band and they changed the music game forever. Their sound throughout their music is breathtaking and the talent within the group is absolutely insane. As a singer, I have such an appreciation for Freddie Mercury. His stage presence is out of this world and no one will ever replace him within the competitive music industry. Since I’ve been a fan of Queen, I never truly understood the talent and hard work it took to produce music in the ’70s and ’80s. Each and every member contributed to the band greatly and Queen would never have been Queen if it didn’t have every member in it.

To add more emphasis on how incredible Mercury is as a musician, he recorded songs until the very end of his life. A couple of albums were even released after his passing. Freddie Mercury was one of a kind and his mind flowed with creativity. The song “Bohemian Rhapsody” was a result of his wildly creative thoughts. Freddie once claimed, “it was an experimentation of sound.” It blows me away how much talent this group truly possessed. After viewing this movie, I did my research on how the music of Queen’s era was produced and how the musicians back then had to really pinpoint their voices throughout soundtracks and performances. The reason why many of the rock singers back then had gritty voices that were sharp was that without the technology we have now, these rock singers had to make their voices stick out. With drums, an electric guitar, and bass, it’s tough to not get lost in the mix of the music, but Freddie Mercury has one of the most unique voices the world has ever heard. This just makes me appreciate rock more and the geniuses behind the rock songs we love.

Throughout this deeper discovery of Queen, my heart longs to live in the ’70s and ’80s. I firmly believe that the golden age of music lived in that era. The movie Bohemian Rhapsody honestly captured the essence of the ’70s and ’80s and I can’t express how much excitement it made me feel. Not only did this movie make me feel the excitement, it inspired a lot of the fashion sense into this generation, especially with Mercury’s iconic outfits.

The inspiration I felt after watching this movie caused me to look deeper into the band’s history. The connection and power the band-mates portrayed throughout their music is so moving. In my opinion, the music that trends in our generation is so annoying. I have a really strong dislike towards pop music and most music that is really popular among teenagers and young adults. The lyrics nowadays are so unimportant and the songs today don’t put emotion in me anymore. It’s disappointing, but there are a few good hits every now and then. But, when I turn on Queen, the lyrics really move me emotionally. The lyrics have a deeper meaning and that’s why I have such an appreciation for Queen. The fact that the music is still relevant today shows that the lyrics are timeless and can always impact people, no matter whether it’s in the 80’s or right now or 50 years in the future.

I am beyond grateful that Bohemian Rhapsody was released and explored Queen’s history because it really did honor the band members and the conflicts between them. It showed that not everything and everyone is perfect, but through hard work and determination, nothing is impossible. Queen and its music will always be a part of my life and hopefully, someday, music will be transformed again as it was when they came on the scene.

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